If you're thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you've probably thought a lot about countertops. The good news is that even if the more conventional choices, like granite, butcherblock, or marble, don't appeal to you, there are still plenty of options. A couple of years ago I rounded up eight alternative countertop materials for those of you who are tired of the all-too-ubiquitous granite. And in this post we're highlighting five more options, ones you may not have thought about before — beautiful and unusual materials that will make your kitchen both unique and functional.
Above: Brass countertops (like these in a UK kitchen from Dezeen) will make your kitchen unforgettable.
The countertop in this kitchen is actually a giant, custom-sized ceramic tile from Made a Mano — both durable and lovely.
You've probably send plenty of butcher block countertops, but maybe nothing as lovely as the end-grain butcherblock on the island of this kitchen from Vogue.
Here's another look at an endgrain butcherblock countertop, this one from This Old House.
Tile countertops are widely hated because of their uneven texture, but what about mosaic tile? This style (seen on Yatzer) makes for shallower grout lines, so you won't be spending all your time fishing crud out of those countertop valleys.
Glass countertops are extremely durable and heat-resistant (although they can chip, and will definitely show more smudges). According to HGTV, they cost about the same as granite. They also come in really beautiful colors, as this kitchen from Elle Maison proves.
This kitchen spotted on House of Turquoise pairs a solid-surface countertop with a gorgeous glass island.